Harvest: Squash

October has come, and it’s time to pull in the squash before the rains come and introduce mold to the situation!

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First squash we harvested were the accidental decorative squashes.  These were supposed to be a carving pumpkin, bu tthey turned out to be two types of fancy, useless squashes.  They’re quite pretty, but… who on earth needs 35 fancy useless squashes??  Guess our fall party this year will be extra fancy.

20121010-145413.jpgKabocha squash is our favorite, a go-to all winter long. We got 18 kabochas, and 16 acorn squash pulled out of the garden.  We just kept finding more as we pulled up all the squash plants… sneaky little buggers.

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Moving on to the banana squash.. oh, man, the banana squash!!  Look at this monster Talina found.

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All told we harvested 18 banana squash, too.  We haven’t weighed them all yet, but a few were upwards of 35lbs, and those weren’t the REALLY big ones.

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Squash storage solution!  Since the shop will be heated sporadically over the winter, and the barn is NOT pest-proof, we’re using the extra room to store everything right now.

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And the final reward:  our first kabocha squash, roasted for dinner with home-grown broccoli and carrots.  The steak… not so home grown, but it was good!